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Every day we contribute to groundbreaking scientific research thanks to almost 40 million specimens and objects in our collections and over 150 scientists on staff. 🌎

It's baby dino banding day! 🦖 🦅 Say hello to three of Chicago's newest peregrine falcons—2 boys, and 1 clever girl. 🐣🐣🐣5...
05/29/2024

It's baby dino banding day! 🦖 🦅

Say hello to three of Chicago's newest peregrine falcons—2 boys, and 1 clever girl. 🐣🐣🐣

50 years ago, these raptors were on the endangered species list. Today, thanks in part to the detailed tracking of Field bird experts, we know more than 20 pairs of these modern-day dinos are raising families across Chicago. 🥚 💙

DON'T WORRY—these babies were carefully handled and returned to their nest IMMEDIATELY after scientists secured bands to the birds' legs.

They'll use the bands to continue monitoring and protecting this once-nearly extinct species as this next generation grows up, leaves the nest, and starts their own families. 🐦

Introducing: The Brood-y Bunch. 👋 🎶 It's the story, of the Brood XIX cicadasWho were underground for 13 long yearsAll of...
05/28/2024

Introducing: The Brood-y Bunch. 👋

🎶 It's the story, of the Brood XIX cicadas
Who were underground for 13 long years
All of them live in the Southeast
In May and June, you'll see their premieres.

It's the story, of the Brood XIII cicadas
Who were underground for 17 long years
All of them live in the Midwest
And soon their songs will fill your ears. 🎶

Our painted periodical cicada family is part of this year's city-wide collaborative art project: Cicada Parade-a! 🪰 🎉

You can see these beautiful bugs now through the end of June at the Museum, and more from the last emergence of these sculptures online. ➡️ https://www.cicada2024.com/

05/25/2024

Join us for the first annual celebration of Chicago's Legacy Hula featuring Lanialoha Lee and the Aloha Center Chicago. 💙

Spot a blue-eyed cicada in your neighborhood? 🪰 👀 Our physical collections now have the representative number we need of...
05/24/2024

Spot a blue-eyed cicada in your neighborhood? 🪰 👀

Our physical collections now have the representative number we need of these brightly-colored beauties, BUT—we still need your help documenting this genetic phenomenon online! 🙌

If you see a blue-eyed cicada:
📸 Snap a picture
📱Upload it to Cicada Safari/iNaturalist
💙 Watch your periodical pal help scientists around the world!

Log your bug. 🪰 ➡️ https://fieldmuseum.io/iNaturalist

📸: Kelli and Johnny Hughes

🚨🪰 RARE CICADA SPOTTED!!! 🪰🚨Most of the trillions of periodical cicadas emerging across Illinois this month have bright ...
05/23/2024

🚨🪰 RARE CICADA SPOTTED!!! 🪰🚨

Most of the trillions of periodical cicadas emerging across Illinois this month have bright red eyes. 👀

A small percentage, however, including this cicada found by 4-year-old Jack Bailey and his 14-year-old sisters Caroline and Addison in Wheaton, IL, have blue and white eyes. 🔵 ⚪️

While cicadas typically live only 4-6 weeks after they emerge, the Baileys donated the specimen to our insect collections so it will live on in scientific research for years to come. 💙🪰

We’ll start with some DNA sequencing to better understand the genes responsible for the bug’s blue eyes. 🧬

If you find a blue-eyed cicada, you can digitally help study this special phenomenon! Upload a picture of your cicada pal to Cicada Safari and/or iNaturalist’s databases. 📱

📸 1: Daniel Le, Field Museum

Case cracked: birds = dinos. 🐣 🦖
05/22/2024

Case cracked: birds = dinos. 🐣 🦖

Start off summer with a ROAR at Dinopalooza! 🎉 Join us on June 8 to celebrate the newest member of our flock, the Chicag...
05/21/2024

Start off summer with a ROAR at Dinopalooza! 🎉

Join us on June 8 to celebrate the newest member of our flock, the Chicago Archaeopteryx, before it (temporarily) takes off. 🦖 🦅

Our prehistoric party will include:
🔍 Museum-wide scavenger hunt,
🦕 Box-o-Saurus craft
🦖 Visits to Norm the T. rex skull
🦅 Life-size Archaeopteryx puppets
🎨 Face painting
📸 Photo booth

In honor of our new Jurassic pal, dinosaur and Jurassic Park costumes are encouraged!

Save your spot with basic admission. 🎟 https://fieldmuseum.io/DinopaloozaFB24

Join us in a peaceful scroll pause to admire this Field fan art of mammal moms and their babies. 🥹Remember to tag us and...
05/12/2024

Join us in a peaceful scroll pause to admire this Field fan art of mammal moms and their babies. 🥹

Remember to tag us and include in your captions so we can see and share your creations. 💙

🎨 : fengwei_makes_art, Instagram

  meets Science Friday. 🦖 🤝 🎙Listen in as Associate Curator of Fossil Reptiles Jingmai O'Connor and Sophie Bushwick dig ...
05/10/2024

meets Science Friday. 🦖 🤝 🎙

Listen in as Associate Curator of Fossil Reptiles Jingmai O'Connor and Sophie Bushwick dig deep into what makes Archaeopteryx the "icon of evolution." ⬇️

The Field Museum has unveiled a new specimen of Archaeopteryx, a species that may hold the key to how ancient dinosaurs became modern birds.

Spoiler alert: the future of your sleep schedule's not lookin' good. 🪰🪰 In 2024, the United States will welcome two broo...
05/09/2024

Spoiler alert: the future of your sleep schedule's not lookin' good. 🪰🪰

In 2024, the United States will welcome two broods of periodical cicadas TOGETHER for the first time in 221 years. 👶 🎉

Here's what you can expect this May/June as TRILLIONS of bugs emerge as part of Brood XIX (the 13-year Great Southern Brood) and Brood XIII (the 17-year Great Northern Illinois Brood). ⬇️

🧟‍♂️ After 13 or 17 years underground (depending on their brood), these no-longer-baby bugs will come crawling up into our world from as much as two feet under.

👔 Moving out of their childhood home and into the "real world" calls for a new fit: as they transition to adults, juvenile cicada "nymphs" will shed their old exoskeletons.

🍹 Juvenile cicadas eat sap from tree roots, but grown-ups drink fluids from woody tree stems.

🎶 Once their bellies are full, male cicadas make some noise to find a mate. They'll vibrate a membrane on their abdomens called a "thymbal," attracting females. Each species of cicada has its own signature song.

🥚 First comes love songs, then comes mating, then comes 100s-of-eggs-laid-that-will-soon-hatch-and-crawl-underground-to-eat-and-await-their-emergence-in-13-or-17-years.

Get more buzz on these bugs. ➡️ https://fieldmuseum.io/WhatToExpectCicadas24

Two years after it arrived at the Field, the Chicago Archaeopteryx is on public display. 🦖 🦅Learn more about its journey...
05/08/2024

Two years after it arrived at the Field, the Chicago Archaeopteryx is on public display. 🦖 🦅

Learn more about its journey to the Museum and what we hope to learn from this iconic specimen via WTTW - Chicago PBS. ⬇️

The Field formally announced to the world what had become a not-so-well-kept secret: The museum had acquired just the 13th specimen known to exist of Archaeopteryx, a fossil often described as the “missing link” between dinosaurs and birds.

Feelin' nostalgic. 🥺
05/07/2024

Feelin' nostalgic. 🥺

NOW LANDING: the Field's newest fossil, a dino AND bird named Archaeopteryx. 🦖 🦅Archaeopteryx is one of the rarest and m...
05/06/2024

NOW LANDING: the Field's newest fossil, a dino AND bird named Archaeopteryx. 🦖 🦅

Archaeopteryx is one of the rarest and most important fossils of all time: its tiny teeth, delicate feather impressions, and sharp claws are 150-million-year-old evidence that dinos evolved in the birds surrounding us today. 🪶

The Field’s Archaeopteryx is the 13th known-to-science specimen, and 1 of 2 on display in North America. 🤩

Learn more about our Jurassic bird, on display May 7. ➡️ https://fieldmuseum.io/Archaeopteryx

📸: Delaney Drummond

👏 Acquisition of the Chicago Archaeopteryx was made possible through the generosity of the Walter Family Foundation and a challenge grant from an anonymous donor.

Additional support is provided by:

Diana and David Moore; Jessica and Steve Sarowitz; Nicholas J. Pritzker; Lauer Foundation for Paleontology, Science and Education, Bruce Lauer and René Lauer; Marshall B. Front Family Charitable Foundation/Laura De Ferrari and Marshall B. Front

Corporate funding provided by Arc’teryx Chicago

"Tetrapods, I am your father." 😱 375 million years ago, during the Devonian Period, Titaalik roseae, a fish with limb-li...
05/03/2024

"Tetrapods, I am your father." 😱

375 million years ago, during the Devonian Period, Titaalik roseae, a fish with limb-like fins, turned to the dark side and wandered onto land. 🌊

Tiktaalik is a key transitional fossil that connects ancient fishes’ evolution into four-limbed vertebrate land animals (like you). 🐟 ➡️🚶

Drop your compliments to / complaints about your day to your great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-grandfishapod. ⬇️

103 years ago today, visitors walked through our doors for the first time. 🏛 🎉In 1906, the Museum’s namesake, Marshall F...
05/02/2024

103 years ago today, visitors walked through our doors for the first time. 🏛 🎉

In 1906, the Museum’s namesake, Marshall Field, left $8M in his will for the construction of a new, permanent building. Our collections outgrew their original space—the former Palace of Fine Arts Building in Jackson Park, known today as the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago!

Since we opened in May 1921, we’ve welcomed more than 135,000,000 visitors from around the world. 💙

Peek inside the deep blue seas of the Devonian. 🪸  400 million years ago, the plants and animals that lived in the water...
04/26/2024

Peek inside the deep blue seas of the Devonian. 🪸

400 million years ago, the plants and animals that lived in the waters of present-day Germany looked a LOT different from what we're familiar with. 😮

See if you can spot all three of these fossils in the artwork! ⬇️

🦀 Trilobite (extinct exoskeleton-wearers like crabs)
⭐️ Brittle star (a starfish relative)
💐 Crinoid (a plant-like animal grouped with sea urchins)

🎨: Rob Sola

You'd think dinosaurs would be old enough to brush their own teeth. 🙄 📸: Two Field Museum employees vacuum and dust a Da...
04/23/2024

You'd think dinosaurs would be old enough to brush their own teeth. 🙄

📸: Two Field Museum employees vacuum and dust a Daspletosaurus in 1976. 🦖 🦷 🧹

If *algae* remember to wear sunscreen, you can too. 😤 When research scientist Matt Nelsen shined a UV light on these Pyx...
04/22/2024

If *algae* remember to wear sunscreen, you can too. 😤

When research scientist Matt Nelsen shined a UV light on these Pyxine lichens (partnerships between two separate organisms: one fungus and one algae) during a recent trip to Taiwan, they glowed back! 🤩

The fungi in this Pyxine partnership can take credit for these bright colors—and the well-being of the algae they live alongside. They produce chemicals to protect the algae from high-light intensity, like UV radiation. 🔦

This particular lichen shows that protection in action by fluorescing—as the chemical compounds absorb the UV rays, they reflect them back out. 😎

👏 Special thanks to the Feay family for funding this trip to the field, where Matt was also joined by Curator of Lichenized Fungi, Thorsten Lumbsch!

PAUSE FOR A DEEP BREATH: brought to you by the letter O and the billion billion BILLION phytoplankton in the world's oce...
04/21/2024

PAUSE FOR A DEEP BREATH: brought to you by the letter O and the billion billion BILLION phytoplankton in the world's oceans. 🦠 👏

More than half of the oxygen we breathe comes from tiny, unimaginably numerous aquatic organisms like this plant-like marine diatom, modeled much larger than life here. 🌬

With carbon dioxide + water + energy from the sun, phytoplankton make food for themselves and release oxygen into the environment. You may recognize this process as photosynthesis! 🌱 ♻️

Learn more about these ocean-dwelling drifters in our special exhibition, Unseen Oceans. ➡️ https://fieldmuseum.io/unseenoceans

Our exclusive, after-hours party for ages 0-66 million is back! 🎉 🦖 Become a Field member to join us for a night of behi...
04/20/2024

Our exclusive, after-hours party for ages 0-66 million is back! 🎉 🦖

Become a Field member to join us for a night of behind-the-scenes peeks, Q&As with our scientists, and family-friendly activities! 🤩

Save your ticket for May 9 or 10. ➡️ https://fieldmuseum.io/MembersNights24

🎶 I’m so obsessed with him, but he avoids me like the plague 🎶Fleas caused one of the most devastating pandemics in huma...
04/19/2024

🎶 I’m so obsessed with him, but he avoids me like the plague 🎶

Fleas caused one of the most devastating pandemics in human history: between 1347 and 1351, the Black Death (or Plague) killed as many as 200 million people across Europe and Asia. 🌏

Female fleas must eat blood to produce eggs; they'll often get this field from warm-blooded vertebrates. 🩸

Scientists think that in the 14th century, these hungry moms-to-be may have bitten animals (like rats or other humans) infected with a plague-causing bacterium in their blood. The fleas took in that bacterium, and transferred it to the next animal they stopped at for a snack—helping extend the Black Death’s fatal reach. 🦠

Despite the widespread heartbreak they caused, some of the smallest insects that ever lived have remained creative inspirations. ✍️

Poems and songs have been written about these bloodsuckers, and watchmakers have even made miniature chains and locks to hold fleas down. 👀

Find more answers to your biting questions about fleas in our special exhibition . 🩸 https://fieldmuseum.io/bloodsuckers

Nothing's gonna eclipse the beauty of this Tiffany & Co. brooch. ☀️ Named the Sun God Opal for the flames around the car...
04/03/2024

Nothing's gonna eclipse the beauty of this Tiffany & Co. brooch. ☀️

Named the Sun God Opal for the flames around the carved face, this piece of jewelry also contains a 35-carat precious white opal.🔥

Opal is a kind of silica divided into two classes: precious and common. The precious opal is known for its rainbow-like iridescence. 🌈

Depending on how the gem was formed, it can be transparent, translucent, or opaque and its background color will vary. 🤷

Save this for a vitamin D infusion on April 8, 2024. 😎

Bunnies are taking a backseat to monotremes this year. 🐰 Drop an 🥚 as a gift for our super seasonal platypus and you'll ...
03/29/2024

Bunnies are taking a backseat to monotremes this year. 🐰

Drop an 🥚 as a gift for our super seasonal platypus and you'll receive an egg-cellent surprise in return. 👀

Meet Margery Carlson: a pioneering research associate in our Botany Department. 🌱 In addition to her work at the Field, ...
03/27/2024

Meet Margery Carlson: a pioneering research associate in our Botany Department. 🌱

In addition to her work at the Field, she was the first woman to become a professor at Northwestern in 1930. 👏

After one research expedition to Central America, Margery brought back over 4,000 specimens and discovered 15 new species of plants. 🌸 🤩

Learn more about the lasting impact women have made at the Field. ➡️ https://fieldmuseum.io/WHM24

Tag the person you could spend 380 million years with. 🥰 Trilobites are an extinct group of arthropods, which also inclu...
03/26/2024

Tag the person you could spend 380 million years with. 🥰

Trilobites are an extinct group of arthropods, which also include insects, arachnids, and crustaceans. 🦀

These two Greenops boothi trilobites formed their eternal snug hug during the Devonian Period in New York state. 💙💙

📝 This specimen belongs to the museum's fossil invertebrate collection. It is part of the Devonian Digitization Project, which was made possible in part by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. 👏

The *softest* possible start to the week. Chinchillas are the softest mammals in the world—by dozens of hairs. While hum...
03/25/2024

The *softest* possible start to the week.

Chinchillas are the softest mammals in the world—by dozens of hairs. While humans grow just 1 or 2 hairs per each of our follicles, chinchillas have as many as 80. 🤩

While many pet owners (as well as hunters and traders) have appreciated this rodent's statistically cuddly company since the Inca Empire, chinchillas' fur evolved over millions of years to protect them from their harsh environment in the Andes Mountains. 🏔

Boop the danger snoot. 🐊 This croc's narrow jaw isn't an anomaly; it's the defining trait of this species: the gharial. ...
03/21/2024

Boop the danger snoot. 🐊

This croc's narrow jaw isn't an anomaly; it's the defining trait of this species: the gharial. 🌊

Gharials are well-adapted to life in northern India’s large rivers. In fact, they rarely leave the water except to nest and rest in the sand! 🏝

With more than 100 teeth lining their slender jaws, gharials are pros at catching fish (and the occasional crustacean). 🐟

Meet Janet Voight: a leading researcher in the field of octopus studies AND the feature of our newest Changing Face of S...
03/20/2024

Meet Janet Voight: a leading researcher in the field of octopus studies AND the feature of our newest Changing Face of Science exhibition! 🐙

Explore Janet's path to becoming Associate Curator of Invertebrate Zoology at the Field, experience her love for the ocean, and observe her recent expedition with a mostly female-led scientific team. 🌊

Learn more. ➡️ https://fieldmuseum.io/ChangingFaceJanet24

The Changing Face of Science was made possible in part by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. 👏

Need some spring fashion inspiration? Take a leaf out of these camouflaged insects' books this season 👀: 🌸 Jeweled flowe...
03/19/2024

Need some spring fashion inspiration? Take a leaf out of these camouflaged insects' books this season 👀:

🌸 Jeweled flower mantis (Southeast Asia)
🪵 Large stick insect (Indonesia, Papua New Guinea)
🍃 Seychelles leaf insect (Asia, Madagascar, Mauritius and the Seychelles)

Spring cleaning, maximalist edition: just move. 📦 🐘 In March 1920, we undertook the massive task of transporting our spe...
03/18/2024

Spring cleaning, maximalist edition: just move. 📦 🐘

In March 1920, we undertook the massive task of transporting our specimens and objects from our original Jackson Park site (now Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago!) to our current location, which offers more room for our (still) expanding collections. 📍

It took 3 months and nearly 12,000 crates and cases to transport the entire collection less than 10 miles via trains and horse-drawn carriages. 🚂

Learn more about the history of the Field. ➡️ https://fieldmuseum.io/FieldHistory

NOW OPEN: our newest special exhibition,   🌊 🪼 Encounter the glow-in-the-dark fish and otherworldly plankton that dwell ...
03/15/2024

NOW OPEN: our newest special exhibition, 🌊

🪼 Encounter the glow-in-the-dark fish and otherworldly plankton that dwell below the waves.
🪼 Pilot through the depths in an interactive submersible game alongside ocean creatures.
🪼 Create your own underwater mountains and canyons with hands-on kinetic sand.
🪼 Meet real-life seahorses, eels, and jellies up close and personal.

Plan your visit. 🌊 fieldmuseum.io/UnseenOceans

👏 Special thanks to our sponsor, Magellan

Time to fix the dodo's silly goofy rep. ⬇️ 🦤This bird may not LOOK like the brightest of animals, but the dodo's extinct...
03/14/2024

Time to fix the dodo's silly goofy rep. ⬇️ 🦤

This bird may not LOOK like the brightest of animals, but the dodo's extinction is actually linked to how smartly it adapted to its home on the island of Mauritius (east of Madagascar). 🌍

With few large predators on the island and abundant food on the ground, dodos thrived and became bigger, beakier, and flightless. 🦤

However, when European sailors and their domestic animals arrived on Mauritius in the 1600s, the dodos faced fierce competition. Overhunting, loss of habitat, and competition with new species led to the dodo’s extinction in just a century.

Today, there’s only one surviving soft tissue specimen of a dodo in the collections of the Oxford University Museum of Natural History. 🏛

03/13/2024

A (not-so-little) sneak peek at our new special exhibition. 🐋👀

Blue whales are *the* largest animal on the planet. Here are a few of it's earth-shattering stats:

🏙 Grow to 100 feet long — roughly the height of a 10-story building

🐘 Weigh up to 150 tons — or about 40 African elephants

🚗 Eat up to 8,000 pounds of krill per day – that's two cars worth of tiny shellfish

Take the DEEPEST dive into the world of blue whales and see an ocean you never imagined when opens Friday, March 15.

Plan your visit. 🌊 fieldmuseum.io/UnseenOceans

You're not you when you don't have a little treat. 😤 The Tasmanian devil not only devours its prey—its powerful jaws and...
03/12/2024

You're not you when you don't have a little treat. 😤

The Tasmanian devil not only devours its prey—its powerful jaws and teeth can even crush bones! 🦴 😋

However, instead of killing its own food, this carnivorous marsupial mainly eats animals that are already dead. 😳

If you've ever heard a devil, you'll think twice about coming close enough to share its food. Its loud shrieks, coughs, and growls are designed to scare off would-be snackers—and are what earned the animal its name. 😈

🎶 Live fast, die young — Lystrosaurus did it well ✌️ 🎶252 million years ago, "The Great Dying" and the temperature chang...
03/07/2024

🎶 Live fast, die young — Lystrosaurus did it well ✌️ 🎶

252 million years ago, "The Great Dying" and the temperature changes that came with it wiped away 90% of the animals living on Earth — but not this early herbivore! 🫡

Lystrosaurus had a few survival strategies that helped it thrive after the end-Permian extinction and into the Triassic. ✍️

In addition to a varied diet, wide range, and burrowing abilities to hide out from extreme climates, Lystrosaurus adapted to a smaller average body size and shorter life span with earlier reproduction. 🧑‍🍼

SUE wants to hear from you. 🫵 🦖 Museums across the US (like ours!) need your feedback to better understand our visitors'...
03/05/2024

SUE wants to hear from you. 🫵 🦖

Museums across the US (like ours!) need your feedback to better understand our visitors' diverse needs and values. 🙌

Take this 9-minute survey to help us better support and engage you in 2024 and beyond. ➡️ https://fieldmuseum.io/MuseumGoerSurvey24

March comes in like a lion, but hopefully this month's roaring winds will be a little less dramatic than two of our most...
03/04/2024

March comes in like a lion, but hopefully this month's roaring winds will be a little less dramatic than two of our most infamous specimens. 🦁🦁

The Tsavo Lions are notorious for eating an estimated 35 people in Kenya throughout 1898. But extensive study of these specimens has led us to believe that bad teeth might've been to blame for these apex predator's taste for humans. 🦷

More on our man-eating lions. ➡️ http://bit.ly/FMTsavoLions

Scientists are BUZZING with anticipation for this summer’s cicadas. 🪰 For the first time since 1803; TWO broods of the l...
02/27/2024

Scientists are BUZZING with anticipation for this summer’s cicadas. 🪰

For the first time since 1803; TWO broods of the loud bugs will emerge and overlap in Illinois. 😮

Learn more with Assistant Collections Manager of Insects Jim Louderman and Assistant Curator of Insects Bruno de Medeiros. ➡️ https://fieldmuseum.io/CicadasABCcbnW24

Ready for the DEEPEST dive you've ever taken? Take the plunge into our newest special exhibition:  . 🌊 🪼 Encounter the g...
02/26/2024

Ready for the DEEPEST dive you've ever taken? Take the plunge into our newest special exhibition: . 🌊

🪼 Encounter the glow-in-the-dark fish and otherworldly plankton that dwell below the waves.

🪼 Pilot through the depths in an interactive submersible game alongside ocean creatures.

🪼 Create your own underwater mountains and canyons with hands-on kinetic sand.

🪼 Meet real-life seahorses, eels, and jellies up close and personal.

Experience an ocean you never imagined on March 15. 🌊 fieldmuseum.io/UnseenOceans

🎨: © American Museum of Natural History

👏 Special thanks to our sponsor, Magellan.

02/21/2024

Join us for a celebration of West African dance and culture with Ayodele Drum & Dance.

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